Principal Urban Planner

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Saudi Arabia
SA - Yanbu
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Technical Support/Technician/Scientific

Job Description:

Due to the increased productivity at the Yanbu Industrial City Program on the West Coast of Saudi Arabia, Parsons are looking to employ a Principal Urban Planner.

With the City anticipated to grow rapidly and extensively as part of the Saudi 2030 Vision this role is key to the overall success of the Urban Planning Department and the Program as a whole.

Major activities performed will include:

  • Prepares original conceptual, preliminary and final urban development plans, site layouts, industrial and community subdivision plans, supporting documents, reports, maps and plans for development projects.
  • Develops planning and design criteria for scope documents using acquired knowledge and skills, develop the scope of planning activities and support ongoing urban planning projects/studies within the department.
  • Determines the assumptions, methods and procedures to be used in urban planning studies to develop and implement plans and policies for land use, transportation, housing, and public facilities
  • Prepares analytical demographic study reports including survey questionnaires and recommendations to be presented to the RCJY.
  • Undertakes the preparation of reports and other presentation material related to planning studies and projects and participates in presentation when necessary.
  • Assists in reviews and recommendations for approval of key urban planning and related discipline items. Works
  • in conjunction with other discipline groups in the preparation of policy documents, guidelines and
  • necessary planning studies.
  • Prepares technical proposals and review of development projects within Urban Planning Department for Planning compliance.

We are seeking applicants with the following qualifications / experience / credentials:

  • The candidate must have a Bachelor's degree or higher in Urban/Regional Planning or related disciplines.
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant urban planning experience working on large scale Industrial and Community developments. This experience should be preferably with a consulting company dealing with Urban Planning and Development work. International experience, particularly in the Middle East preferred.
  • Strong background and experience in Demographic survey, study and analysis is a must.
  • A deep understanding of the urban planning process and the latest trends and technologies
  • Knowledge and understanding of the analytical tools and techniques used in urban
  • and regional planning, economics, architecture or related studies. 
  • Good verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must be capable to working independently and also in a team environment with Saudi and Expatriate staff
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, Outlook, Advanced Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Graphic capability in using computer software commonly used by Urban Designers and Architects is a plus.

Minimum Clearance Required to Start:

Not Applicable/None

Parsons is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran.

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